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Easy, Low Carb Shrimp Scampi

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This lusciously creamy Texas Coast Shrimp Scampi is a delicious twist on the classic shrimp scampi recipe with rich flavors of cumin, chili powder, and a pop of heat from red pepper flakes.

Non-stick skillet with shrimp scampi garnished with parsley.

If you are looking for a sophisticated meal to wow friends and family look no further than this dreamy low-carb shrimp scampi! Your guests will think you’ve spent hours in the kitchen preparing a luxurious scampi that will have them raving over your culinary skills for days to come. 

Scampi is an Italian-American dish that generally consists of large shrimp, lobster, or scallops sauteed perfectly in a creamy garlic and butter sauce with a variety of herbs and spices then tossed with linguine or fettuccine pasta. Shrimp scampi is a delectable meal whether it be for a quick weeknight supper or a more elegant dinner party.

The Inspiration Behind This Delicious Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Texas gulf shrimp is known as being the tastiest and most popular shrimp in the United States, so there is no question as to why Kent Whitaker and his wife Ally spent years traveling on the back roads of the Gulf Coast in search of the best seafood dishes. 

Kent is an award-winning author known for his array of cookbooks, history books, as well as a few children’s books. Kent put his knowledge and love of seafood together to create the Little Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook that this Texas Coast Shrimp Scampi recipe comes from so we too can enjoy his recipes in the comfort of our own homes.

Ingredients For Your Easy, Shrimp Scampi

  • Minced garlic
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin powder
  • White wine
  • Ground black pepper
  • Parsley
  • Lemon juice
  • Chili powder for garnish

Cooking Instructions

Step 1. In a skillet, sauté garlic in butter and olive oil. Season with salt and red pepper flakes to your liking.

Step 2. Add shrimp, chili powder, cumin, and wine. Stir the shrimp as they cook, coating them evenly with butter and wine sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes until the wine cooks off and the shrimp are opaque.

Step 3. Add black pepper, parsley, and lemon juice; stir evenly to coat the shrimp. Remove the pan from the heat.

Step 4. Sprinkle the dish with a small amount of chili powder just before serving.

What to Serve/Pair with Your Creamy Shrimp Scampi

  • Sides – The most popular side to serve with shrimp scampi would be some crispy buttered Texas toast but if you are trying to stay more low carb a leafy green side salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumber with roasted asparagus or cauliflower will also make delicious options as well.
  • Dessert – A small sweet dessert is always the perfect ending to a great meal. After eating seafood a light dessert that isn’t too sweet is sure to hit the spot! If you are looking for a yummy dessert to serve with your creamy shrimp scampi try these mouthwatering crustless cheesecake bites here.
  • Instead of using starchy pasta, zucchini noodles would be a great delicious lower-carb option
  • Use chicken broth or water in place of white wine if you have any alcohol restrictions. 
  • Adding steak to shrimp scampi gives this dish a real surf and turf feel while still being elegant and yummy

How Long Will Shrimp Scampi Last In the Fridge?

If stored in an airtight container, leftovers will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Can I Freeze Texas Gulf Shrimp Scampi? 

Shrimp scampi does freeze well. Store in an airtight container and it will last up to 3 months.

How do you reheat Shrimp Scampi? 

When reheating shrimp scampi from the refrigerator, simply place in covered microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds at a time so shrimp don’t become too tough. If reheating from the freezer, use the stovetop on low heat to slowly thaw.

Can I use frozen shrimp for this recipe?

Yes! Thawed frozen shrimp works just as well as fresh. Remember to be careful not to overcook to avoid a rubbery texture.

How do I know my shrimp is cooked?

Your shrimp is ready when it is no longer transparent in the center. Do not overcook it. You’ll end up with a plate of rubber!

 Other Shrimp Recipes You’ll Love

Non-stick skillet with shrimp scampi garnished with parsley.

Texas Coast Shrimp Scampi Recipe

With flavors of cumin and chili powder and a little bit of heat from red pepper flakes, Texas Coast Shrimp Scampi is a delicious twist on the classic shrimp scampi.  It would be great served with some buttered Texas toast, or for a low-carb version, serve as-is.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 310kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound medium shrimp shelled and deveined
  • ½ Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ cup white wine
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chili powder for garnish

Instructions

  • In a skillet, sauté garlic in butter and olive oil; season with salt to taste and red pepper.
  • Add shrimp, chili powder, cumin, and wine. Stir shrimp as they cook, coating evenly with butter and wine sauce. Cook about 5 minutes until wine cooks off and shrimp are opaque.
  • Add pepper, parsley, and lemon juice; stir evenly to coat shrimp. Remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle with a small amount of chili powder just before serving.
  • Delicious served with butter and toasted Texas toast.

Notes

Recipe from Little Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook, copyright 2017, and reprinted with permission.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 262mg | Sodium: 1342mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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Pan of shrimp scampi garnished with parsley.

The Little Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

While the Little Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook is small in size, there are lots of seafood recipes, as well as some sweet treats that pair well with seafood, throughout the book.

Some of the tempting recipes are:

  • Southern Fried Alligator
  • Coastal Crab Gumbo
  • Easy Gulf Coast Shrimp Sliders
  • Biloxi Beer-Battered Hot Fish Fillets
  • Creole Baked Redfish with Tangy Chili Mayo
  • Crab Coleslaw Salad
  • Orange Kissed Cocktail Sauce
  • Toasted Coconut Pineapple Smoothie
  • Key Lime Cake

The book also has cooking tips and information about sites around the Gulf Coast. It’s a sweet little cookbook and would make a great gift the beach-lover in your life. Look for it at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

Little Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook cover.

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